Enjoy A Lava Flow In Your Luxury Villa

One of the most popular tropical drinks on the islands is the Lava Flow.  Just by looking at the ingredients it’s not hard to see why.  If you like Pina Coladas you may enjoy the twist of the addition of strawberries.  Try this recipe we found on Hawaiianrecipes.org in the luxury of your gourmet kitchen and enjoy on your private lanai.  Should you decide to quench your thirst poolside be sure to serve in plastic cups.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Light rum
  • 1 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
  • 2 oz. Fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 Small banana
  • 2 oz. Unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. Coconut cream

Preparation:

Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender to form a smooth paste.  Pour this mixture into a tall (Collins or Hurricane) glass.  Rinse the blender.  Blend the banana, the coconut cream, and the pineapple juice in blender with crushed ice until smooth.  Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect.  Garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella.

We also want to mention the Lava Flow can be made without alcohol by omitting the rum ingredients.

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Guest Review From TripAdvisor

“Paradise at the Mauna Lani.”

We stayed in a Townhome which was just beautiful.  We had two master suites and room for two additional guests.  The place was furnished very nicely and we just walked out facing the fairway.  As the place was 21OO ft. it felt like a home.  It was quiet with a pool just across the street.  Walk to the beach about 10-15 minutes.  We highly recommend this place and have full intentions on returning.  The staff are most helpful.

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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

If you are feeling adventurous and ready to explore the Big Island of Hawaii then you won’t want to miss this unique tropical nature preserve and sanctuary at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

Hawaii Trpoical Botanical Garden Fern Trail Circle

With over 2,000 plant species this 40-acre valley is a natural museum of living plants attracting photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientists and nature lovers from around the world.

Throughout this garden valley are nature trails that meander through tropical rainforest, crossing streams and even passing several beautiful waterfalls.

Onomea Falls at Hawaii Trpoical Botanical Garden

Take a self-guided tour or join the special one-hour guided tour with a Garden Horticulturist.  Special Tours are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at no additional cost.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden opens daily at 9 a.m. with last entry at 4 p.m. for garden closure at 5 p.m (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day).  Admission is $15 per adult, ages 6-16 $5, and under 6 are free.

For more information about this and other exciting activities contact our activities specialist at 808-885-5022.

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Travel Tip From Your Friends at Mauna Lani Point

We are smart phone fans and since you may be too we thought we would share this article we found on Time.com “Top Apps To Travel With This Holiday Season” by Michelle Castillo.  We have been well aware of how helpful FlightTracker is but we never knew about AsApp from WhereTraveler.com which finds airport security wait times across the country.  We also really like the Apps to help keep the kids entertained.  Click here to read the full article.

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Guest Review From TripAdvisor

The Islands at Mauna Lani

Visitor from Napa, CA  –  December 2010

“Excellent Family Trip to Big Island Condo/House”

This is by far one of the best places that we have stayed on the Big Island.  If you are looking for a large house or condo then this is IT!
A hidden gem for families with small children.  A protected swimming beach with a restaurant that serves food, as well as adult drinks, a clean elegant restroom, and showers.  Daily maid service!  Vacuuming and clean towels and clean dishes!  Drive or walk to nearby grocery with tons of prepared foods in the deli.  Or visit any number of the high end resort restaurants that are nearby, all of which seem to have a children’s menu!

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Country Music Comes To Hawaii

Kelly Paige, Matt Snook & Friends are bringing country music to Hawaii on January 9, 2011.  Kelly is a young and fast-rising talent on the country music scene.  With a unique style and sound she brings her mature songwriting skills to concert with fellow Midwesterner, Matt Snook.  This free concert is being held at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea at 7pm.

For more information in this and other exciting activities contact our activities specialist at 808-885-5022.

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Napua Now Open at Mauna Lani Beach Club

Just opened in the Mauna Lani Beach Club is an exciting new dining experience, Napua. Embracing the spirit of Hawaii’s authenticity and the Aloha spirit, Napua proudly presents a unique dining experience with a truly memorable beach-side location.

Featuring locally raised and grown food, Napua opens daily at 11am for lunch served until 4pm.  The lunch menu includes: Appetizers ranging from $11 – $16, Salads from $6 – $16 and Entrees from $12 – $16.   Always an island favorite, the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich ($12), is smoked for 4 hours then brazed for 8 hours and shredded and sautéed in Napua’s house made guava BBQ sauce, served on a Mamane St. Bakery bun, with lettuce, tomato, onion, and crispy seasoned fries on the side.   A signature lunch item, the Fish Soft Tacos ($16), features local wild caught Mahi Mahi grilled and served in warm flour tortillas with a fresh poke and wasabi ginger aioli.

The dinner menu is offered daily from 4pm to 9pm and includes Napua Specialties such as the Whole Moi ($32), a whole fish fit for royalty and in fact in ancient Hawaii it was saved strictly for Kings.  The fish is served in a local Chinese style, fried and paired with a ginger soy garlic and sesame sauce.  On the side Jasmine rice and pipinola salad.  The Pa’auilo Grass Fed Filet Mignon ($34), is 8oz of savory natural island-grazed beef served with a spinach bacon hash and a velvety Hamakua mushroom cream sauce.  Dinner entrees range from $26 – $36.

Live Hawaiian music Thursday through Sunday from 5pm to 8pm.  For more information or to make a reservation contact Napua at 808-885-5910.

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